Antônio Dias, Antonio Manuel, Lygia Clark, Waltércio Caldas, Mira Schendel, Artur Barrio, Anna Bella Geiger, Carlos Zilio, Ronald Duarte, Romano, Gràfica Utópica, Cildo Meireles, Anna Bella Geiger, Antonio Manuel, Wagner Malta Tavares, asume vivid astro focus, Irit Batsry, Vivian Caccuri, Antoine Catala, Ivan Galuzin and Anders Smebye, Amilcar Packer and a concert with HARIBOs.



Brazilian Contemporary Art – in Lillestrøm!

Akershus Art Centre will during the period 31.03 - 06.05 present the exhibitions ”Tro-Pi-Cal” and ”Alternative Orders - A Glimpse of Brazilian Art”. 


The exhibitions direct focus to the art scene in Brazil and include significant works of some of Brazil’s major artists, from modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions are unique in Norway and curated by Guilherme Bueno (Director of Museu de Arte Contemporânea Niteroi) and Geir Haraldseth (freelance curator with good knowledge about the Brazilian art scene). In Akershus Art Centre the curators each get one floor for display.

Geir Haraldset’s exhibition ”Tro-Pi-Cal” challenges to critical thought about stereotypical categorizing of a country’s culture. In addition to one storey in Akershus Art Centre, the exhibition will include a gigantic outdoor wall piece by the group assume vivid astro focus, and a concert at the opening night the 31 of March with the American band HARIBOs. assume vivid astro focus is also holding a childrens workshop prior to the opening.

Guilherme Bueno is presenting a twofold exhibition; one part contains selected works from the João Sattamini Collection from Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, the other includes a video program.

Why Brazil?
Brazil is growing to become one of Norway’s most important trading partners outside of the European continent. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian State have developed a Brazil-strategy where they point out that Brazil plays a central role in international politics. For most Norwegians pictures of beaches, carnival, football and samba are their first associations with Brazil.

The collaboration between MAC Niteroi and Akershus Art Centre arose as a result of a long-standing collaboration between the municipality of Niteroi and Akershus County Council. A meeting between the Director of MAC Niteroi and the management of Akershus Art Centre inspired to further cooperation.

By showing international art on a professional high level, Akershus Art Centre wish to challenge ourselves and our local community to reconsider our conceptions and points of view. We refuse to submit to small-town ideas and by this want to mark our level of ambition. We want to produce an exhibition who comments both on the current and the resent past, and hope that our initiative will stimulate to curiosity about Brazil’s art history, Brazil as a country and the ”exotic” as cultural phenomenon.



The exhibitions includes artworks by:

Antônio Dias (1944), Antonio Manuel (1947), Lygia Clark (1920-1988), Waltércio Caldas (1946), Mira Schendel (1919-1988), Artur Barrio (1945), Anna Bella Geiger (1933), Carlos Zilio (1944), Ronald Duarte (1962), Romano, Gràfica Utópica, Cildo Meireles (1948), Anna Bella Geiger (1933), Antonio Manuel (1947), Wagner Malta Tavares (1964), asume vivid astro focus, Irit Batsry (1957), Vivian Caccuri, Antoine Catala (1975), Ivan Galuzin (1979) and Anders Smebye (1975), Amilcar Packer (1974) and a concert with HARIBOs.